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AP-CA--California News Digest 1:30 pm, CA

December 3, 2018

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in California. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Los Angeles bureau at 213-626-1200, losangeles@ap.org, or to the AP-San Francisco bureau at 415-495-1708, sanfrancisco@ap.org. Christopher Weber is on the Los Angeles news desk, followed by Robert Jablon. Olga Rodriguez is on the San Francisco news desk. AP-California News Editor Frank Baker can be reached at 213-346-3134 or fsbaker@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES-BACK TO SCHOOL

PARADISE, Calif. — Erica Hail’sschool routine begins in the lobby of a Best Western hotel, where she fills three cups of milk, gets a bowl of fruity cereal and plops a bagel in the toaster. Hail’s three children are among thousands who are returning to school and some semblance of routine three weeks after Northern California’s deadly wildfire destroyed their homes and classrooms. By Jonathan J. Cooper. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, new approach by 2 p.m.

CALIFORNIA CRIME

SACRAMENTO — The Public Policy Institute of California releases a report on California arrest rates. By Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 600 words after embargo lifts at 9 p.m.

TRUMP-PORN STAR

LOS ANGELES — Lawyers for President Trump want porn actress Stormy Daniels to pay them $340,000 in legal bills they claim they earned successfully defending Trump against her failed defamation claim. The attorneys are due in a Los Angeles federal courtroom Monday to make their case that they rang up big bills because of gamesmanship and aggressive tactics by attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels. By Brian Melley. SENT: 575 words, photos. Will be updated following hearing scheduled for 2 p.m.

CLIMATE-SCHWARZENEGGER

KATOWICE, Poland — Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wishes he could travel back in time like the cyborg he played in “The Terminator” so he could stop fossil fuels from being used. “If we would’ve never started in that direction and used other technology, we’d be much better off,” the actor and former California governor said Monday at the start of a U.N. climate conference in Poland. SENT: 275 words, photos.

AT THE CAPITAL:

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE-

SACRAMENTO — California’s new legislative session began Monday with a mix of pomp and circumstance and sweeping declarations from Democrats about how the plan to use their new historic margins, from ending childhood poverty to continuing the fight against President Donald Trump. All 80 Assembly members of half the Senate’s 40 members took the oath of office to serve for the next two years. By Kathleen Ronayne and Don Thompson. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 p.m.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

HOTEL WORKERS STRIKE

SAN FRANCISCO — Marriott hotel workers in San Francisco voted Monday on a new contract, bringing a possible end to a coast-to-coast effort by workers for better wages and job security from the world’s largest hotel operator. San Francisco is the last holdout of eight U.S. cities where nearly 8,000 Marriott hotel workers went on strike in October. SENT: 300 words, photos.

RACECAR DRIVER-PAYDAY SCAM

SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court has upheld a nearly $1.3 billion award against a pro racecar driver who ran a payday loan business accused by federal authorities of deceiving consumers. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo by 2 p.m.

Also:

— BALLOT PARTY LISTING — A U.S. appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging California’s restriction on the political party preference that candidates can list on ballots.

— HIGHWAY RAMP FALL — Authorities say a person plunged 50 feet (15.2 meters) from an elevated California freeway off-ramp during an illegal demonstration of car stunts.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

INDICTED CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMAN

SAN DIEGO —A judge on Monday scheduled a Sept. 10 trial date for U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. It was Hunter’s first court appearance since defeating Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar last month by nearly 4 percentage points for a sixth term representing San Diego’s eastern suburbs. SENT: 450 words, photos.

SPACEX LAUNCH

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE — A SpaceX rocket carrying 64 small satellites lifted off from California on Monday, marking the first time the same Falcon 9 rocket has been used in three space missions. The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, arcing over the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles as it headed toward space. SENT: 250 words.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF

LOS ANGELES — Alex Villanueva has been sworn in as Los Angeles County sheriff, a week after scoring an upset victory to make Jim McDonnell the first incumbent to lose the seat in more than a century. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos by 3 p.m.

Also:

— SUPREME COURT-BORDER WALL — The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from environmental groups trying to stop President Donald Trump from building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even as other legal action against the wall is ongoing.

— SURFER FOUND DEAD — A surfer was found dead face down in the water at Upper Trestles at San Onofre State Beach in San Diego County.

— CRUISER RAMMED-POLICE SHOOTING — Officers shot and wounded a man who rammed their police cruiser after crashing his pickup truck through a fence at a family member’s home in Southern California.

— COAST HIGHWAY REPAIRS — Motorists should expect delays as crews begin to stabilize hillsides and repair infrastructure damaged by a wildfire along a 20-mile stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in the Malibu area.

ENTERTAINMENT:

MUSIC-Q&A-HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Twenty-five years after “Cracked Rear View” launched their careers, Grammy-winning rock band Hootie & the Blowfish will release a new album and launch an official tour next year after a decade-long break. The Southern pop-rockers, featuring lead singer Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Jim Sonefeld and Dean Felber, broke out with their major label debut in 1994, which has been certified 21-times platinum and made the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of the top-10 most popular albums of all-time. By Kristin M. Hall. SENT: 975 words, photos.

Also:

— HUGH HEFNER-AUCTION — The typewriter Hugh Hefner used in college was the top-selling item at an auction of the Playboy magazine founder’s possessions.

— MUSIC-QUEEN TOUR — Queen and Adam Lambert are launching a six-week North American tour following the release of the Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

SPORTS:

SWM-US OLYMPIC COACHES

LOS ANGELES — USA Swimming is turning to a pair of veteran collegiate coaches to oversee the Olympic swimming team in 2020. Dave Durden of California will be in charge of the men’s team and Greg Meehan of Stanford will coach the women’s in Tokyo, USA Swimming announced Monday. By Sports Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 400 words, photos.

BETTER THAN GOLD

UNDATED — If Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore captures the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut two years from now, it might not be her most meaningful win. Gilmore, who is talked about as possibly the greatest athlete of all time in her sport, takes pride in being on the ground floor in the fight for a prize that could have a longer-lasting impact: equal pay for women on the professional tour where she and her rivals make their living. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 775 words, photos.

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